Best Smartwatches in 2017: Apple, LG, Samsung And More

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Smartwatches are the next big thing that consumers will want to buy. Right now, we are at a stage where users don’t know whether they require smartwatch in everyday life. However, in the near future, there will be a burst in smartwatch sales.

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This can be attributed to the fact that smartwatches are becoming increasingly useful in all aspects of daily life. All the newer watches that are being released come with capabilities that can make them last in the most rugged of environments.

Today, we will talk about the best smartwatches in 2017. Choosing a smartwatch for yourself basically involves a lot of emphasis on looks – as that is the main component of any smartwatch.

Apple Watch Series 2

It has been a few months since the Apple Watch Series 2 was launched. The Apple Watch Series 2 combines tons of standalone features such as GPS, with a watch that looks sleek and beautiful. Apple Watch Series 2 also features water resistance, so you can easily go for a swim with your watch on.

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With the Apple Watch Series 2, you also get tons of watch straps made by third party manufacturers. You can easily swap the old one for a new one. However, app developers are not making full use of the Apple Watch 2’s standalone GPS features.

Wearing the Apple Watch 2 feels great, although an experience lacking a few aspects. On the other hand, if there is one company you can count on to make things better, it is Apple.

LG Watch Sport

This is the latest offering from LG in terms of wearables, and the first one to feature Android Wear 2.0. We can easily say that this is the best Android smartwatch right now. LG Watch Sport features GPS, NFC and LTE – and all these can be used without having your smartphone in your pocket.

Google Fit has been improved in Android Wear 2.0, and third party fitness apps also perform significantly better in the update. The display tech on the LG Watch Sport is probably the best on the market – featuring a 480 x 480 OLED display.

One downside to this watch is that it is water resistant only up till 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, which means that you cannot take this watch for a swim. LG has also released a Style variant of the watch, aimed at those who want a sleeker, prettier looking watch.

Samsung Gear S3

If you own a Samsung Smartphone, the Gear S3 is the smartwatch you should go for. The watch is also compatible with other Android smartphones, as well as iPhone. The size of the Galaxy Gear S3 is slightly bigger than Gear S2. However, the advantages include a better battery, and an amazing screen.

Gear S3 runs Tizen, which means that you don’t get the same amount of third party apps and fitness features as Apple Watch or and Android Wear powered watch.

However, the scrolling feature through the bezel is probably the best navigational feature in any of the smartwatches.

Gear S3 is on this list because of the amazing navigational bezel, its great battery life, and S-Health support. S-Health is a robust fitness tracker for all activities, which means that if you own Gear S3, you don’t really need any other app.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

There are watches that do everything, and then there are watches that are specially designed for one thing. Garmin Vivoactive HR is a smartwatch which focuses heavily on the sports and activity tracking features.

This smartwatch has dedicated GPS function for tracking all your activities such as runs, cycling, swimming and golf. It can also display your notifications and weather information – and thereby perform the other connected functions of a smartwatch.

Garmin Vivoactive HR is not the prettiest watch on this list. Featuring a bulky plastic body, and a low-resolution screen, you would not choose this watch if you want something that remotely looks better. However, if you want a well-equipped sports centered smartwatch, this is the one you should go for.

Polar M600

Garmin Vivoactive HR provides reliable activity tracking for a host of sports, but the Polar M600 smartwatch is specifically targeted at runners.

It has general sports watch features such as GPS, long battery life. It also features a couple of advanced modes in additional to the general running mode which shows you the speed and the pace of your run.

It runs on Android Wear and is slated to receive the Android Wear 2.0 update. This means that is capable of functioning as your general smartwatch and show the notifications that show up on your device.